Don’t underestimate the dangers of ATVs

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are popular in Kentucky. They can also be dangerous if those operating them aren’t adequately trained, are under the influence or are just plain negligent or reckless. Just this month, two people were killed when their ATV overturned in Harlan County along East KY 221.

Kentucky has laws that govern the ownership and operation of ATVs that are used on public property. Many of these are intended to keep people safe. Individual jurisdictions within the state may have their own laws as well.

ATVs are typically meant for off-road use

It’s important to remember that ATVs are designed for off-road use, and using one on a public road could lead to fines or even a criminal charge. 

There are some exceptions. For example, some localities allow them on specific roads. Further, if the ATV is being used for work like farming, snow removal or construction, it may be allowed on public roads. You can also cross a public road on an ATV as long as it’s daylight, you don’t travel farther than 1/5 of a mile, and you stay at a 90-degree angle. Remember that operating an ATV on a public road requires a driver’s license.

Devastating injuries can occur during off-road use

Of course, off-road use, which is the most common, comes with a whole other set of dangers. Trees, holes in the ground, debris, ice and more can make conditions dangerous. ATV crashes can be every bit as catastrophic as car crashes.

If you or a loved one has been injured by someone driving an ATV, make sure you get the compensation you need to cover expenses and damages. Don’t settle for less than you deserve.



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